To the Editor:
On behalf of the Fairmont Early Childhood Family Education/School Readiness Parent Advisory Board, I want to express our support for the upcoming school referendum.
We represent some of the young families that have moved to Fairmont, moved back to Fairmont or have always called Fairmont home. A major factor in the decision to raise our families here is our strong school system. As parents, we appreciate the variety of activities and opportunities provided to our children by our school.
While we are strongly concerned about the cuts to the high school extracurricular activities, we also want to bring attention to the elimination of elementary specials and to the shortened school day. We appreciate that our school has offered band, choir and orchestra for our older elementary grades and would be saddened to see those opportunities eliminated for our children. Our elementary students also would miss out on the day-to-day instruction by our elementary art, music and physical education teachers. For many children, exposure to these beneficial activities is limited to what they receive at school on a daily basis. A shortened school day will put even more burdens on families as to after-school care for their children.
We appreciate the community supporting the addition onto Fairmont Elementary School. Now it's time to support the programs of our entire school district. Remember how our community came together last year when our football team made it to the state championship? Residents of all ages were there to support not only our team, but our school and our community. Our school is essential to Fairmont's future. Let's keep our young families here and continue to make Fairmont attractive to others considering making Fairmont their home. Please join us in voting yes.
Wendy Nemmers, president
Parent Advisory Board